Why would a successful therapist and a pastor look to start a coffee roasting business and espresso bar? The answer: Read to the end of the story!!
In 2003, we traveled to Italy, the birthplace of espresso, and visited the countryside of Tuscany and the cities of Florence and Venice. No matter where we went, we were served outstanding, world-class cappuccino. Upon our return to the United States, we were disappointed in what was being served in coffee establishments and pawned off as espresso and cappuccino. Something was birthed in us in Italy to find truly genuine Italian espresso—and if we didn’t find it, we’d make it ourselves. The idea of starting a business was slowly beginning to brew (get it?).
In 2004, Joe grew restless in his role as assistant pastor of a local church, feeling that he spent too much time in front of his computer, and not enough time with people, which is his passion. A dramatic shift was taking place, transforming his pastoral call from inside the church building and into the marketplace. He wanted to create a place where people could gather to share life, or “sweet fellowship.” What better than over coffee or tea? Joe’s background as a pastor, crisis intervention counselor and clinical social worker has given him a wealth of experience with people. This experience has prepared him and further ignites his passion to spend time with people in the coffee bar, hoping to provide that place of refuge with a fantastic cup of coffee and a listening ear.
The idea of starting a business crossed Joe’s mind dozens of times throughout his life, but, being in ministry, he never acted on it. Margie already had her own business as a therapist, and thought Joe had lost his mind when this barbaric vision began!! But her passion for coffee and people and her zany husband compelled both of them to pray and fast for this bold “out of the box” mission. Joe’s realization over the years of the importance of great customer service fueled his desire to start a business where he can truly serve others.
But our barbaric mindset isn’t confined to our coffee. In truth, it applies to the whole of life. Life is an adventure, and ought to be lived with a wild, bold flare. Too many people drift aimlessly along day after day with a tame predictability and no clear purpose. We say: “Flee mediocrity!” We follow Jesus Christ who said, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Jesus lived a life of passion, meaning, and purpose because He loved God His Father and loved and served people. He eventually backed up His words by dying on a cross for the sins of humanity. When a person comes into a relationship with the living Christ, life can then be lived as a barbarian. So, we invite you to join the hordes at Barbaric Bean Coffee Roasters and—Carpe Beanum!